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Full Title: Tenth Creolistics Workshop

Short Title: CWX
Location: Aarhus, Denmark
Start Date: 08-Apr-2015 - 10-Apr-2015
Contact: Aymeric Daval-Markussen
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Meeting Description: Tenth Creolistics Workshop: “Innovations”
- with special attention to parallels between creole and sign language creation

Aarhus University, Denmark, 8-10 April 2015

The Creolistics Workshop, which has previously been held in London (UK), Amsterdam (NL), Giessen (D) and Aarhus (DK), has a long tradition for being a forum of exchange and inspiration in the creolistics community. For the tenth edition, the main focus will be on innovations, primarily in creoles and sign languages, but also in other types of languages where contact has played an important role.

Creole studies have traditionally focused on continuation and universals, discussing for instance the contributions of the lexifiers and substrates. In past decades, an important body of literature in creolistics has been produced with the goal of weighing the influences from the various contributing languages to creole formation. However, much less attention has been given to innovations, in particular lexical, semantic, syntactic and typological aspects that cannot easily be attributed to the known input languages.

Therefore, the aim of this workshop will be to shift the focus from a historical approach to creoles to a more cognitively-oriented framework whose primary goal will be to explain why certain strategies and structures are innovated and selected in the creation of new language varieties, while others are not.

As sign languages have been argued to show social and structural commonalities with creoles, special attention is given to Deaf Sign Languages.
Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; General Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics
LL Issue: 25.3912

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